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I was clearing out some old sites on a CentOS server (MediaTemple DV) and stumbled upon this when doing an ls -lha :

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All the file names are flashing and I'm not able to remove any of the files with rm -f

What does this mean? Drive/disk problems?

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You've got a bit of filesystem corruption there. Take the machine offline as soon as possible and fsck that filesystem.

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Filesystem might already be fscked. – phoebus Jan 19 '10 at 23:38
What exactly do you mean by "take the machine offline"? Shut down all network apps/services? – Callmeed Jan 20 '10 at 17:45
@Callmeed - most likely you won't be able to fsck a mounted disk (depending on your filesystem). You'll probably need to boot of a live/rescue cd to fsck it. – rodjek Jan 20 '10 at 23:45
If this isn't the / filesystem then just unmount it and fsck it. If it is / then you will need to boot into single user mode with it mounted ro or use a liveCD – Scott Alan Miller Jan 21 '10 at 17:53

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